Why are Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Often Missed?

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Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) are often missed by both the injured person and medical practitioners.

In the following video, I explain these reasons why mild traumatic brain injury is typically overlooked:

1. After an accident causing injury, the most obvious physical injuries are prioritized.

2. An injured person’s behaviour following an incident is not a reliable indicator of the extent of their brain injury.

3. mTBIs are difficult to test for.

It is important to think “brain first” to recognize where your symptoms are coming from. If you are aware of mTBI and the symptoms, you can seek out the help you require.

Learn more about each reason in this video.

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Gail Gibbons says:

Roger Foisy is my lawyer and he is amazing. He has gotten to know so much about this subject just from the people he has represented.  My MRI showed fine, but I had a concussion and a herniated disc in my neck.  Yes I still have a lot of issues to do with my neck and shoulder but the cognitive side of things have been the worst. Although they say I have a mild head trauma they know there are other factors; like I had 4 concussions as a kid and they now believe this was a big factor why this last one from the car accident is preventing me from getting better.  I have issues with ringing in the ears, my short term memory is just awful, I can't think of words to use when talking, I loose my train of thought all the time and even doing too much of anything will give me a sick feeling.  As my Neuropsychologist said even doing a physical activity uses the brain as your brain must talk to your other parts of the body.  What is frustrating is people say you look OK, but no one knows how someone like me now has to live with this.  This has changed my how life.  Please take this serious…I have to.  I have been through two Neuropsychological evaluations and there is normally an improvement within 6 months but since there is not much of a change for me after 2 years I fall within the 12 – 15% of people that show prolonged cognitive difficulties, even though my MRI showed normal.  

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